Holley Farmer, Principal Dancer in the Merce Cunningham Dance Company joined Devyn Weiser’s RoCoCo seminar to discuss techniques at the intersection of movement, space, and technology. Work with Cunningham spans a decade in which this master of modern dance explored the potential of motion capture, simulation, and algorithmic computation as a medium for moving in space. With an eye toward the SCI-Arc Robotics & Simulation Lab, Ms. Farmer discussed Cunningham’s choreographic techniques, chance operations, and collaborations with technology.
In conjunction with Holley Farmer’s lecture Chris Skeens, Curime Batliner, Brandon Kruysman, Ana Herruzo Pierce, and Jonathan Proto staged an original multi-robot installation. The robotic movement involved synchronization of ‘parts’ and sought to develop both asynchronous as well as synchronous behaviors in one choreographic system. For example, only the sixth joint of Robot was synchronized with the incremental movements of Robot and Robot, while the movement of the body was moving asynchronously.